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TRACK AND FIELD: Gallatin wins two sprints in Raider track loss

webseniors5 4 16Seniors on the Middletown track and field team and their families were honored before a meet with Northern York.

Middletown sprinter Tyrelle Gallatin won two races, but the Blue Raiders lost to Northern York in boys’ and girls’ track and field on Tuesday, April 26 in Middletown.

Gallatin won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11 seconds and the 200-meter run with a time of 23.6 seconds.

The Raiders honored their senior teammates and their families before the meet.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 05 May 2016 16:50

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BASEBALL: Raiders fight but eventually fall to Mechanicsburg, LD

mattesphoto5 4 16Middletown relief pitcher Michael Mattes induced Mechanicsburg's final out of the sixth inning to give the Blue Raiders one last chance against the Wildcats.

The Middletown baseball team endured another pair of losses and a rainout last week as the current season approached the end.

As has been the case the past couple weeks, the Blue Raiders showed their competitive spirit before seeing their hopes of victory elude them against a pair of rivals from the Mid-Penn Conference’s Keystone Division.

The Raiders (3-12, 2-10 in the division) hung tough at Mechanicsburg (11-4, 9-3) on Monday, April 25 before the Wildcats scored three late runs to turn away the Middletown squad’s upset bid.

Against Lower Dauphin on Wednesday, April 27, the Raiders held a 1-0 lead through the game’s first 2 ½ innings prior to the Falcons’ four-run rally in the bottom of the third frame. The Middletown side was then held to just one run the rest of the way and the Falcons scored seven times in the bottom of the fifth, eventually posting a 12-2 win over the hard-luck Raiders in Hummelstown.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 05 May 2016 14:24

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TRACK AND FIELD: Raiders roll past Columbia, Steel-High

vault4 27 16Middletown's Abel Botterbusch soars over the bar to win the pole vault in this image captured by local photographer Jodi Ocker.

After struggling for victories in the past couple seasons, Middletown’s track and field program has claimed several wins this year – including a rare sweep at a tri-meet against Columbia and Steelton-Highspire on Wednesday, April 20 in Middletown.

The boys’ team defeated Columbia, 112-38, and Steelton-Highspire’s fledgling squad, 132-18, while the girls’ team beat Columbia, 111-28, and Steel-High’s small squad, 130-8.

The Blue Raider boys improved to 3-3, while the Raider girls improved to 4-2.

Middletown saw several athletes win two events.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 28 April 2016 13:51

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BASEBALL: Raiders show improvement, beat Harrisburg during a 1-3 week

harperphoto4 27 16Brandon Harper struck out nine Harrisburg batters in his complete-game pitching victory over the Cougars (Photo by Jodi Ocker).

Last week turned out to be a very busy six-day stretch for the Middletown baseball team. The Blue Raiders played five games during the span and showed improvement despite three losses.

The week also included a win over Harrisburg and a suspended game in a second meeting of a double-header with Harrisburg, with the Raiders leading 13-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The game will be completed at a future date – if Harrisburg decides to do so. If not, it will be ruled a forfeit victory for the Raiders (3-10, 2-8 in the Mid-Penn Conference’s Keystone Division).  

Middletown Coach Steve Shuleski noted his team’s improved play during the past two weeks and called the progress “baby steps” toward getting more competitive as the season approaches the final third of the schedule. 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 28 April 2016 13:35

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TRACK AND FIELD: Landis, Boes win two events as Blue Raiders split tri-meet

hurdles4 20 16Middletown's Chantel Boes, right, soars over a hurdle during the 300-meter hurdles at Camp Hill. (Photo by Jodi Ocker)

Hunter Landis won two field events and Chantel Boes won two hurdle races to lead Middletown's track and field team to a split in a tri-meet with Camp Hill and West Shore Christian on Tuesday, April 12 in Camp Hill.

The Blue Raider boys (1-3) beat West Shore Christian, 120-25 – their first victory of the season – and lost to Camp Hill, 93-57 to earn a split. The girls (2-2) beat West Shore Christian, 105-36 and lost to Camp Hill, 80-50 to earn a split.

Landis won the discus with a throw of 144 feet, 3.50 inches and won the shot put with a throw of 39 feet, 8.75 inches.

Boes won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.60 and the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 51.80.

Middletown claimed first place in both the boys' and girls' pole vault. Abel Botterbusch won the boys' pole vault with a vault of 10 feet, while Jess Knisely won the girls' pole vault with a vault of 7 feet, 6 inches.

Middletown's Alexis Ulrich won the girls 200-meter run with a time of 27.60.

Landis and Boes led Middletown in Northern York High School's Arctic Blast Invitational on Saturday, April 16 in Dillsburg.

Landis took second place in the discus with a throw of 140 feet, South Western's Josh Zeroth claimed first place with a throw of 150 feet, 10 inches.

Boes took sixth place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.05. South Western's Lynne Mooradian won first place with a time of 15.50, a meet record.

Boes and three other teammates took sixth place in the 4x100-meter relay. Boes, Ulrich, Jocilyn Koser and Rowan Sessa teamed for a time of 53.92. South Western won the event with a time of 50.78.

The Middletown girls finished in 15th place with seven points, while the Middletown boys finished in 13th place with 12 points. South Western won the girls' team title with 78.50 points over host Northern York (67.5 points), while York Suburban won the boys' team title with 79 points, with Northern York (68 points) and Camp Hill (68) tying for second place.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:49

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